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Archive for May, 2012

John Edwards jury resumes deliberation for 7th day

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — The jury in the John Edwards campaign finance corruption trial is deliberating for a seventh day after a long weekend in which they were warned by the judge not to discuss the case.

The jurors reconvened Tuesday in a federal courthouse in North Carolina.

Edwards faces six felony charges in a case involving nearly $1 million provided by two wealthy donors to help hide his pregnant mistress as he sought the White House in 2008.

The jury must sift through notes from 17 days of testimony and review about 500 trial exhibits, many of them voluminous phone and financial records. They must not only determine whether the candidate knew about the secret payments, which he has denied, but whether he realized he was violating federal law by allowing them.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Local preservationists honored

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

The Historic Wilmington Foundation recently honored local preservationists in the annual award ceremony

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FIRST ON 3: Brian Berger’s home sold at foreclosure auction

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Commssioner Brian Berger’s home was sold to a bank during a foreclosure auction at the New Hanover County Courthouse Tuesday.

Wells Fargo bought the Wilmington home for $211,917.96.

The home was also owned by Berger’s ex-girlfriend Karyn Crichton, but she reportedly moved out of the home several years ago.

Wells Fargo now has a 10-day period to complete the sale. Once that is done, it has 30 to 60 days to serve an eviction notice if it wants.

Berger has not responded to requests for comment.

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NC House budget panel begins debating adjustments

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The Republican-led House wants to give a small bonus and more vacation time to North Carolina state employees and teachers who have not received a state-funded salary increase in four years.

State, university and public school employees would receive a one-time $250 increase in their paychecks next year in the proposed budget being debated Tuesday by the House Appropriations Committee. They also would get an extra five days of annual leave.

The bonuses would not be the recurring salary increases that Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue sought in her spending plan.

The budget adjustment plan for the year starting July 1 would spend $20.3 billion, or nearly 2 percent more than the Legislature had originally provided last year.

The full House plans to vote on its adjustments later this week.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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STORMTRACK 3: TD Beryl heading our way, heavy rain expected tomorrow

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Beryl continues to soak Florida and Georgia with heavy rain this morning. The storm remains a tropical depression, but is still well organized. It has now begun it’s trip to the north, and it will accelerate toward southeastern North Carolina tonight. 

Here’s what we expect. For today, we’ll still see some sunshine across the area, but a few storms will remain possible. After midnight tonight, some of the tropical rains from Beryl will arrive in the area. Expect heavy downpours from time to time, especially along the coast. As the storm moves overhead, some modest winds up to 25-30 mph will be possible. This period of heavy rain could last through midday Wednesday, and if things pan out just right – we could end up with several inches of total rain. A flood watch is in effect through Wednesday afternoon, as some areas could see rising water. 

By late Wednesday afternoon the storm will be offshore and dry air will begin to build into the area. This will leave us with sunshine for Thursday. 

There are currently no tropical watches/warnings in effect for our area.

Stay tuned to WWAY for updates, and head to Hurricanes 101.

Meteorologist Tim Buckley

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